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How to Know if You're Having a Heart Attack

Learn how to know if you're having a heart attack from Dr. Dennis Finkielstein in this Howcast video.

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How can someone know if they're having a heart attack? Well, that can be tricky. Firstly, a heart attack can classically present as chest discomfort or pain or pressure in the chest. It's usually squeezing and dull in nature and may be associated with sweatiness. The symptoms may stay in the chest wall, or travel or radiate to the neck, arm, or left jaw.

If you feel like you're having any of those kinds of symptoms, it's important to call your doctor right away, or 911 if you can't reach your doctor. The symptoms of a heart attack, unfortunately, are not always classic and some people have vague discomforts in the chest or trouble breathing. Not everyone who's having a heart attack shows up the same way.

We've learned that not everyone has the same symptoms. Women for example may have different symptoms than men and may not have the classic chest discomfort.

Another group of people that may have different symptoms are diabetics or patients with diabetes. They may not have symptoms at all. And sometimes it can be very challenging to know if they are having a heart attack.

During a heart attack, time is very important to help save heart muscle and save lives. If you feel you may be having some symptoms associated with a heart attack, it's important that you seek medical attention right away.

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